ASTM International - Virtual Officers Training Workshop 2023


September 25, 2023 - September 29, 2023

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This training is intended primarily for Committee Officers, Subcommittee Chairs, Technical Contacts, or others in leadership positions who are aspiring to become officers.

Success in today’s fast-moving business and technical fields relies more than ever on constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge. ASTM International membership not only puts you on the cutting edge of global standards development, but it also offers one of the richest professional development and learning environments you’ll find anywhere. These trainings will provide you with valuable information that will enable you to efficiently manage your ASTM responsibilities.

Any questions should be directed to:

Staff Manager: Melissa Marcinowski
Phone: 610-832-9626

Administrative Assistant: Lindsey Limone
Phone: 610-832-9722



Below you will find a listing and registration links for the available virtual only sessions.

Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities
Tuesday & Wednesday;  1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. est.

Learn the key duties and responsibilities of the Main Committee Chair, Vice Chair, Membership Secretary, and Secretary in order to strengthen the leadership skills necessary for a productive committee. If you currently are or soon will be a Main Committee officer, this session will educate you on what to expect in your role on the Main Committee.

Balloting & Handling Negative Votes
Tuesday;  1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. est. 
 Wednesday; 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. est. & 1:15 p.m. - 2:30p.m. est.

This session explains how to effectively move documents through the balloting process. A review of the role of the Committee on Standards (COS) is also included, with a special focus on the procedural handling of negative votes. Learn to get positive results from negative votes!

Task Group Chair & Technical Contact Responsibilities
Tuesday;  1:15 pm – 2:30 pm est.
 Wednesday; 10:30 am – 11:45 am est.

This module will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of task group leaders and technical contacts, as well as help you navigate ASTM International processes and the various systems available to assist with your standards development work. Some topics covered include the registration of a work item, organizing a collaboration area, submitting items for ballot, scheduling a virtual meeting, and handling negatives and comments.

Member Website Tools
Tuesday;  2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. est.
Wednesday; 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. est. 

This module is designed to demonstrate the vast array of tools on the ASTM website that facilitate worldwide participation in the ASTM standard development process. The module provides information on viewing ballots, utilizing online negative ballot resolution, registering work items, submitting ballot items, accessing collaboration areas, submitting minutes and agendas, and downloading materials for ASTM meetings, along with many more helpful functions of the website.

Subcommittee Chair's Duties and Responsibilities
Tuesday; 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. est.
Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. est.

This module provides tips on conducting an effective meeting, preparing ballot items, delegating tasks, and managing subcommittee activities. Whether you are an existing ASTM Subcommittee Chair or are considering taking on this position within your committee, it’s a great way to better understand the responsibilities of this important role.

Robert’s Rules of Order
Tuesday 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. est. 
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. est.

Need to facilitate a contentious meeting? This session on Robert's Rules of Order is geared towards Subcommittee and Main Committee Officers who lead ASTM International meetings. Get an overview of parliamentary procedures as they relate to ASTM meetings and run through a sample meeting from the “call to order” to adjournment in order to better understand the procedures. 

Editorial Module: Process and Developing and Revising a Standard
Tuesday 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. est.
Wednesday  9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. est. & 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. est.

This module explains how standard ideas are introduced, drafted, and publicized along with a walkthrough ASTM International's electronic tools and time-tested techniques for accelerating the development of your standard. Included in the workshop will be a brief review of work item registration, the three stages of balloting, and an explanation of the key roles of your ASTM editor and the standard's technical contact.

Interlaboratory Studies Program (ILS)
Tuesday 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. est.
Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. est.

This workshop is designed to familiarize members with the features, capabilities, and the online registration process of the ASTM Interlaboratory Studies (ILS) Program. The ILS program assists committees in developing a quality precision statement for ASTM International test methods. This training is intended for anyone interested in running an Interlaboratory study to generate a precision statement for an existing or new ASTM test method.

Roster Maintenance
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. est. & 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. est. 

This training module assists Officers responsible for managing their rosters and touches on specific aspects of classifying new members, granting official voting status, and maintaining balance within your committee and subcommittee. During the course, you will walk through the numerous functions of the web-based Roster Maintenance tool. In addition, learn how to access new membership applications as well as how to create Membership Reports for your upcoming meeting. This session is most helpful for Main Committee and Subcommittee Membership Secretaries as well as Subcommittee Chairs.